Faculty of Science

The Barry J Marshall science library

The Barry J Marshall science library draws together the University's library resources and services in life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computing sciences and natural and agricultural sciences creating a major focal point for student learning and world class scientific research.

With carefully designed spaces, furnishings and equipment, it showcases contemporary thinking about academic library design.

Located at the southern end of campus, the science library is extremely popular with students. It is not only a beautiful building, but it is practical and accessible as well.

Designed by Ferguson Architects, the science library provides a variety of purpose-built learning spaces and environments for today’s students. From collaborative flexible study areas to quiet and silent areas, to the café, to facilities specifically designed for parents and postgraduates, the science library has something for everyone.

The science library offers students and visitors use of the latest technology, including: 

  • more than 200 personal computers
  • 300 spaces with easy access to power and data for laptops
  • 13 soundproof group study rooms with electronic white boards and large flat screens for working collaboratively on documents and student assignments
  • four multimedia suites providing access to a range of specialist software and equipment
  • an Access Grid classroom that allows classes to be shared in remote sites and overseas over high speed networks.

In addition, the Guild operates a café on the ground floor, and the stunning foyer area is in great demand for receptions and exhibitions.


The building provides wonderful opportunities to communicate and showcase science and engineering at UWA.

It features images provided by staff and postgraduates, and exhibitions promoting aspects of science and engineering.

Earlier exhibitions have included Evolution in Action: Charles Darwin and Western Australia's Biodiversity Hotspot, Astronomy, Marine Science and Nanotechnoloy.